Moment of Zen
“I *Can* Get Satisfaction!” by John S. Wilkins (@Evolving Thoughts)
Interactions Between Secular Outpost Authors and Theistic Blog Authors
- With Matthew Flannagan regarding Jerry Coyne’s editorial on goodness without God: Flannagan’s initial post, Lowder’s response, Flannagan’s response, Lowder’s response, Flannagan’s response, my response.
- “This is Parsons’ Critique of Kreeft and Tacelli on Hallucinations” by Victor Reppert.
- The post doesn’t contain much content, but the comments are interesting.
- [Editor's Note (Parsons): For a revised and more detailed version of these arguments, see my essay “Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli on the Hallucination Theory” in The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave (Prometheus, 2005), edited by J.J. Lowder and R.M. Price.]
- [Editor's Note (Lowder): De Cruz, as well as several commenters, question whether a belief that God exists is necessary for a personal relationship with God. Like Littlejohn, I find it difficult to even make sense of the idea that someone could have a relationship with God without believing that God exists.]
“Skepticism about the Argument from Divine Hiddenness” by Justin P. McBrayer and Philip Swenson
- A sort of skeptical theist response to the argument from divine hiddenness.
“Divine Hiddenness as Divine Mercy” by Travis Dumsday
- This is a “First View” article for the journal Religious Studies, so I don’t expect this article to be available for free to non-subscribers for long.
- Dumsday provides an interesting, new reply to the argument from divine hiddenness: God remains hidden to some people at some times to limit their moral culpability.
- [Editor's Note (Lowder): I've often wondered about the moral implications, if any, of divine hiddenness. It will be interesting to evaluate Dumsday's article.]
“How to Use Bayes’s Theorem” (@Foxhole Atheism): Given how many of my recent posts have used Bayes’ theorem, I thought this tutorial would be of interest to some readers.
“Objective Morality and Oughts“: a video rebutting William Lane Craig’s moral argument for God’s existence
Victor Reppert on Moral Objectivity, Theism, and Naturalism
The relationship between morality and God is a recurring topic on Victor Reppert’s blog. I’ve compiled an index to what I consider to be some of his best posts on the topic.
“A Moral Argument for God” (May 5, 2009)
- An argument to God from objective moral values in turn from inalienable human rights.
- [Editor's Note (Lowder): As it stands, this argument is unsound because premise 2 is false. Even if we accept that objective moral values are a necessary condition for inalienable human rights, it doesn't follow that objective moral values are a sufficient condition for inalienable human rights.]
“More on the Moral Argument” (May 6, 2009)
- Reppert argues that moral relativists cannot consistently remain relativists and complain when human rights are violated.
- [Editor's Note (Lowder): Reppert is probably correct that when moral relativists believe they have been wronged in some way, they will complain in a way that betrays their belief in moral relativism. As a moral objectivist myself, however, I've never been impressed by this argument. At most, this shows the practical difficulty of being a consistent moral relativist; I do not think this provides evidence favoring the truth of moral objectivism over relativism.]
“When the Secular Foundation for Morality Wears Thin” (June 25, 2009)
- [Editor's Note (Lowder): In my opinion, item #2 on Reppert's list is the most challenging item for secular ethics.]
“Reply to Beversluis on Moral Objectivity” (February 24, 2010)
- Reppert summarizes the C. Stephen Evans’ formulation of Lewis’s moral argument for God’s existence. (Phew! Try saying that five times fast!)
- [Editor's Note (Lowder): I found this post helpful precisely because Lewis did not clearly state the logical structure of his argument.]
“The Case for Moral Objectivity” (January 30, 2009)
- Reppert considers 5 arguments: the arguments from implied practice, underlying moral consensus, clear cases, reformers, and human rights.
- [Editor's Note (Lowder): As a moral objectivist, it's refreshing to find a philosopher actually stating arguments for moral objectivism, as opposed to merely appealing to intuition.]
“Some Arguments Against Objective Moral Values” (January 13, 2008)
- Reppert considers 4 arguments: the arguments from disagrement, nonphysical realities, atheism, and science.
- [Editor's Note (Lowder): Again, I think Reppert's post is helpful by providing a useful inventory or catalog of arguments against moral objectivism.]
“From C.S. Lewis’ The Poison of Subjectivism” (April 6, 2009)